Thursday December 11th, 2014

Former Buffalo Bills linebacker Daryl Talley and his family announced Wednesday that they've accepted $152,909 donated by fans who wished to aid Talley in helping address his medical problems, according to the Associated Press.

Talley's post-playing medical issues were revealed in an article by Tim Graham of the Buffalo News published Nov. 26.

Upon reading the story, Frank Croisdale, a longtime Bills fan, established an online fundraiser with which fans could donate to Talley. The site raised more than $60,000 in the first two days.

Talley said at the time he was grateful for the support. While he said initially he wasn't sure if he could accept the money, which came mostly from fans of the Bills and West Virginia, where Talley played collegiately, Talley and his family eventually decided to do so.

From Talley's statement:

"The Talley family would like to express their deepest appreciation for everyone's concern and support," Talley's family said Wednesday in a statement issued by Croisdale, according to the AP. "We'd especially like to thank the Buffalo Bills and West Virginia University Mountaineers fans for their immense outpouring of kindness."

Graham's article revealed that Talley has experienced memory loss, has had problems sleeping and has felt depressed and contemplated suicide in the years since he retired from the NFL in 1996, a possible result of head injuries.

Talley had 14 surgeries during his career and later found that he had played at one point with a broken neck, and said he now lives in constant pain. As a result of his business failing several years ago, Talley has also struggled to pay off medical bills and other financial obligations, leaving him to accept money from ex-teammates.

Croisdale said Wednesday that the donations are "already impacting Darryl's life."

Talley played in the NFL from 1983-96. He spent the first 12 seasons of his career with Buffalo before playing one season each for the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings.

Ben Estes

 

 

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